Swimming Upstream! How To Avoid Struggle In Your Life
by Bob Olson, OfSpirit.com Editor
I saw an astrologer the other day from the Boston area named Eric Linter.
It was my first experience with an astrologer. I wasn’t a big believer
in astrology before seeing Eric, but now I understand why people consult
him on a regular basis. I realize now that he teaches his clients how to
flow with the current of life, rather than struggle by swimming upstream.
It was an eye-opening and empowering experience.
If you’ve ever seen an
astrologer as good as Eric Linter, you understand when I say it felt like he knew
my life’s story. Even more so, it felt like he knew me.
He listed every character trait that makes me unique. Some traits I’d
prefer to forget; others I try hard to remember. Eric knew about both
My wife, Melissa, sat
with me during my astrological consultation. Her head nodded a lot in
agreement with the things Eric was saying. I tried to get her to stop
during the embarrassing stuff. Instead, she just emphasized her nodding
with a comment like, “Oh yeah, stubborn, that’s Bob. You nailed it!”
Eric got a kick out of her comments. I just wanted to give someone a little kick. Unfortunately, she was out of
Eric Linter said I had one of
those charts that would send most astrologers screaming with fear. He
laughed as he said it, of course, and was reassuring that a chart like
mine could still lead to a fulfilling and abundant life. But he was right
on the mark. While many people have suffered much more than me, my life has
had its struggles. And Eric knew what these struggles were by looking at
something on my chart called a “grand square.” Each red line that drew
this square box on my chart indicated my “rough edges,” areas that
needed attention in my life.
In reading my chart, Eric
Linter forecasted my father’s alcoholism when I was a teenager. He knew about
his disability later in life. And he spoke of a chronic depression I
suffered years ago. In fact, he knew about a whole bunch of stuff that
happened in my life. But Eric’s point in recognizing these grand square
events was not to remind me of how much my past sucked, but to show me the
major events responsible for developing my self, my soul. He taught me
that these are gifts from which we learn, not punishments for past wrongs.
And, according to Eric, we need to face and work through these major
issues to turn them from a negative to a positive—thereby fulfilling our
purpose for choosing these obstacles in our life.
What? Choosing these
obstacles? Is it possible that we chose the depressions, addictions,
disabilities and all the other issues in our life? Well, that is what our
chart would indicate. Especially when you consider that Eric Linter uses
astrology methods that date back thousands of years. This means he could
have predicted these life events on the day I was born—not thirty-eight
years later after everything had already taken place. He wasn’t looking
in hindsight. He was simply looking at the alignment of the sun and
planets in relation to the exact time and location of my birth. That’s
kind of mind-boggling when you think about it.
One of the key insights I
walked away with from Eric Linter’s astrological consultation was that my
astrological chart seemed to reveal that my life was planned, or charted,
before it started. If this is really the case, it could actually bring a
person peace-of-mind knowing that whatever is happening in their life is supposed
to be happening. It kind of takes the worry out of life, worrying that you
are heading in the wrong direction. Perhaps the only freewill we have is
in how we react to these events, or in how we arrange our life around
these events with the insight gained from tools like astrology.
Eric taught me that
astrology is simply a tool to help us understand ourselves better and to
make better choices in our life. He said we should never let an astrologer
tell us that we are stuck with the red lines and grand squares in our
charts. Instead, we can use our charts as a means of anticipating life’s
changes, allowing us to better prepare for the future.
Eric said, “The trick
to life is in finding the joy in it, those things that energize us and
make us feel more alive.” If we are doing things that energize us, then
we are flowing with the current of life. And our astrological chart can
help us discover what those things are and how to make choices that will
lead us to them.
Some of us, however, seem
to find no joy in life. If we are in jobs that we hate, relationships that
make us unhappy, or living lives without a sense of fulfillment and
purpose, then we are swimming against the current of life. If this is our
truth, than we are probably approaching life from a lack of insight.
Astrology can help us acquire this needed insight.
How much easier would
life be if you knew that September was a good month for making a major
change, such as a career move or a major relationship change? Wouldn’t
it be helpful to know the strengths and weaknesses with which you came
into this life? How much of an edge would you have knowing that winter
would be a better time for you to buy a new home than autumn? Or that
writing a book about your divorce would be a positive healing tool?
Although Eric Linter used
astrological terminology while explaining my chart—a rising sun here and
a double Virgo there—he also spoke to me so that I didn’t need to know
this gobbley-gook. One shouldn’t need to be an expert in astrology to
have their chart done—that’s the astrologer’s gig. I went to Eric to
learn more about myself based on the secrets revealed by the sun and
planetary alignment at the time of my birth. And that’s what Eric
provided me: an hour of personal insight that I didn’t think possible
from something so cosmic.
Did my consultation with
Eric Linter change my life? Well, the consultation, in itself, probably
didn’t change my life; but it sure helped me to understand my life
better. It made me feel proud and grateful for the struggles I have gone
through and survived; and it gave me a feeling of empowerment for what is
to come. That’s not a bad compliment for someone with whom I spent only
an hour. You can be sure I’ll be seeing Eric again, soon.
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